cul·ture

/ˈkəlCHər/

 

The characteristics and knowledge
of a particular group of people,
encompassing language, religion,
cuisine, social habits, music and arts.

 

no·mads

/ˈnōˌmads/

 

People who do not stay long in the
same place;  wanderers, travelers.

 

Currently in Brisbane, Australia
Total Miles Traveled: 20,163

 

cul·ture

/ˈkəlCHər/

The characteristics and knowledge of a particular group of people, encompassing language, religion, cuisine, social habits, music and arts.

 

 

no·mads

/ˈnōˌmads/

People who do not stay long in the same place;  wanderers, travelers.

 

Currently in Brisbane, Australia

Total Miles Traveled: 20,163

Welcome to Our Family Travel Blog

Welcome

Welcome to Our Family Travel Blog

Welcome

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Culture Nomads on Travel + Leisure’s Podcast
Culture Nomads Travel Blog | Travel and Leisure Podcast
Culture Nomads on Travel + Leisure’s “Let’s Go Together” podcast

I heard about your incredible adventure on the podcast and have since done a deep dive on your Instagram. What you are doing is simply inspiring!!

Pre-covid we took our kids (7 & 9) to NZ and Australia for 6 weeks but I have long dreamed of doing what you are. I wonder if I shoud wait till our kids are in their teens though :).

I will continue to follow your travels but just wanted to say: stranger to another stranger: I believe the gift you are giving your kids right now is the absoute best gift of all. And you inspire me…so thank you!

Erica S.

Crossing the South Pacific: Sailing Tahiti to Australia
Sailing Tahiti to Australia | Leg 4: Fiji to Brisbane: A 13-Day Passage
Sailing Tahiti to Australia | Leg 3 | Bora Bora to Fiji: A 15-Day Passage

After one year and ten days, we were finally reunited with our puppies, 10-year-old Labradoodles, Mackie and Paigie, and 4-year-old Great Dane, Phoebe.

In the summer of 2020, as COVID was raging through the world, we decided to sell our home in Virginia, move into a 40-foot motorhome named "Thelma," hitch our Jeep "Louise" to her and hit the road.

We had no idea where we were going or how long we'd be traveling. Our kids, Jack, then 16, and Ellie, then 14, were doing school virtually and us parents were working remotely. Mackie, Paigie, and Phoebe had lived their whole lives on our property and we had no idea how they would fare in a "tiny house on wheels" living situation.

We traveled 10,000 miles through 21 states, visited 11 National Parks and spent 3 months over the winter living on the beach in Mexico. It was a trip of a lifetime and we loved it.

In June 2021, we sold Thelma and Louise and bought Hanavave, a 38-foot 2002 Fountaine Pajot catamaran in Tahiti. We decided to relocate our family to Australia, but at the time the only way to get there was by boat.

The puppies had to stay in Washington State and begin the long and cumbersome importation process into Australia. The minimum period is 6 months since the first test and since we had begun the process two months before, we figured that we were saying goodbye for a maximum of four months. It was a very difficult decision, but their caretaker, Colleen, is an amazing lady and we knew that she would take wonderful care of them. Saying goodbye to the puppies was one of the hardest things our family has ever had to do.

Little did we know that it would be a year and ten days before we'd see them again.

Our sailing trip was complicated by the fact that as soon as we arrived in Tahiti, all ports in the South Pacific closed due to the quickly-spreading Delta variant of COVID. This meant that instead of island hopping, we had to make long passages to Australia and there was a lot to be done on Hanavave to prepare her for that journey. We made it to Brisbane in mid-October, but it would take another 8 long months to get the puppies to Australia.

They arrived on June 1, a year to the day we left them.
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We are a family of 4 that loves to travel the world. We sold our home in the U.S. and spent 12 months traveling the world in Thelma, our R.V., and Hanavave, our sailboat. We traveled 20,000 miles through 5 countries, 26 U.S. states, visited 11 American National Parks, spent three months living on the beach in Mexico, and sailed across the South Pacific to settle in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Grant is an Aussie 🇦🇺 Best-Selling Mindful Leadership Author, Speaker and Business Strategist and Jana is a Czech 🇨🇿 born and raised Creative Director and Artist. Our firstborn, Jack, 17, is a photographer, artist, and “The Office” superfan. Our secondborn, Stella (aka Stellie, Ellie, or Bean), 16, is an artist, singer, and animé enthusiast.

Our family cares deeply about the environment and supports the LGBTQIA+ community. 🏳️‍🌈

We also have Mackie and Paigie, 10-year old Labradoodles, and Phoebe, a 4-year old Great Dane. 🐾

We invite you to travel with us by following our social channels below. ✌️

“Why We Sold Our Home to Live on a Bus and Travel Full-Time”

by Grant & Jana

“Why We Sold Our Home to Live on a Bus and Travel Full-Time”

by Grant & Jana

“How We Stay Safe & Healthy While Traveling Full-Time during COVID-19”

by Grant & Jana

“How We Stay Safe & Healthy While Traveling Full-Time during COVID-19”

by Grant & Jana

“Lessons From the Road | Less is More: Adventure Over Stuff”

by Jana

“Lessons From the Road | Less is More: Adventure Over Stuff”

by Jana

Our Trip

Trip

Our Trip

Trip

Culture Nomads Travel Blog | Our Trip

About Us

About

About Us

About

Gamble Family Adventures RV Travel Blog | Grant
 Wellness Expert | Best-Selling Author & Speaker | MacGyver
Gamble Family Adventures RV Travel Blog | Jana
Creative Director | Artist | Outdoors
Gamble Family Adventures RV Travel Blog | Jack
17 | Photography | Art | Music | “The Office” Superfan
Gamble Family Adventures RV Travel Blog | Stellie
16 | Artist | Singer | Animal Lover | Animé

Hanavave

Tour

Hanavave

Tour

About Thelma the Bus

About

About Thelma

About

Thelma was our 2002 Monaco Diplomat RV. We spent almost 8 months traveling the U.S. and Mexico with her between November 2020 and June 2021. She was 40-feet long and had a main living area with a custom built dining section, kitchen section with a fridge, freezer and pantry, two custom built bunks for the kids and a wardrobe with a large cabinet and drawers. The bathroom area was in between the main living area and the back bedroom, which had a queen size bed, large closet and plenty of cabinets and drawers for storage.

Thelma towed Louise, our 2016 Jeep Wrangler. Upon moving on to Hanavave, a catamaran in French Polynesia, we sold Thelma and Louise and they both now live in Washington State.

We will always cherish the memories we made while traveling with Thelma & Louise.

Thelma was our 2002 Monaco Diplomat RV. We spent almost 8 months traveling the U.S. and Mexico with her between November 2020 and June 2021. She was 40-feet long and had a main living area with a custom built dining section, kitchen section with a fridge, freezer and pantry, two custom built bunks for the kids and a wardrobe with a large cabinet and drawers. The bathroom area was in between the main living area and the back bedroom, which had a queen size bed, large closet and plenty of cabinets and drawers for storage.

Thelma towed Louise, our 2016 Jeep Wrangler. Upon moving on to Hanavave, a catamaran in French Polynesia, we sold Thelma and Louise and they both now live in Washington State.

We will always cherish the memories we made while traveling with Thelma & Louise.

 Our Travel Blog

Travel 

The focus of our blog is not to be a travel guide or a review site. Rather, it is a family diary of our travels accompanied by “Reflections,” which are thought pieces about our experiences.

Thanks for traveling with us! ?✌️

 Our Travel Blog

Travel

The focus of our blog is not to be a travel guide or a review site. Rather, it is a family diary of our travels accompanied by “Reflections,” which are thought pieces about our experiences.

Thanks for traveling with us! ?✌️

Travel Diary

Travel

A log of what we get up to, including a photo and video galleries.

Sailing Tahiti to Australia | Leg 4: Fiji to Brisbane Passage

Sailing Tahiti to Australia | Leg 4: Fiji to Brisbane Passageinstagramfacebookyoutubetwitter  A Long-Awaited Departure After having waited in French Polynesia for two and a half months, we excitedly sailed out of Bora Bora around 7:30 am on Saturday, September 4th....

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Sailing Tahiti to Australia | Leg 3: Bora Bora to Fiji Passage

After having waited in French Polynesia for two and a half months, we excitedly sailed out of Bora Bora around 7:30 am on Saturday, September 4th. Like the rest of French Polynesia, Bora Bora was in COVID lockdown, and we had spent the last week waiting for our departure paperwork to go through all the requisite bureaucratic channels. This required multiple trips to the local gendarmerie (police station), where Grant quickly befriended the two kind and helpful officers, Alex and Bruno.

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Sailing

Sailing

Video episodes of our South Pacific Crossing

Sailing Tahiti to Australia | Leg 4: Fiji to Brisbane Passage

Sailing Tahiti to Australia | Leg 4: Fiji to Brisbane Passageinstagramfacebookyoutubetwitter  A Long-Awaited Departure After having waited in French Polynesia for two and a half months, we excitedly sailed out of Bora Bora around 7:30 am on Saturday, September 4th....

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Sailing Tahiti to Australia | Leg 3: Bora Bora to Fiji Passage

After having waited in French Polynesia for two and a half months, we excitedly sailed out of Bora Bora around 7:30 am on Saturday, September 4th. Like the rest of French Polynesia, Bora Bora was in COVID lockdown, and we had spent the last week waiting for our departure paperwork to go through all the requisite bureaucratic channels. This required multiple trips to the local gendarmerie (police station), where Grant quickly befriended the two kind and helpful officers, Alex and Bruno.

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Places

Places

These are some of the states we have visited so far. Click here to view all.

BC

Baja, Mexico

UT

Utah

National Parks

Parks

These are some of the National Parks we have visited. Click here to view all.

AZ

Grand Canyon

UT

Arches

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